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Profile Awards Recognize McLear, NH Vietnam Vets Council and City of Rochester

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The man who helped revive a Lakes Region community, an organization that helps the state’s Vietnam veterans and a city with a bold vision for the future are this year’s recipients of the Profile Awards, presented Sunday afternoon in Franconia Notch.  

Created in 2003 after the fall of the Old Man of the Mountain, the Profile Awards are given annually to an individual, an organization and a community, recognizing their work in preserving the resources and character of New Hampshire in the spirit of the state’s icon.  This year’s recipients are Rusty McLear of Meredith; the Vietnam Veterans of America – New Hampshire Council, and the city of Rochester.  

Rusty McLear

Rusty McLear

McLear was recognized for his work and dedication that has helped revitalized Meredith over the past 20 years.

“Rusty has been an outstanding leader in preservation and economic development in his community, turning vacant asbestos mills to premier hotels and helping to inspire others in preserving their own properties,” said Union Leader Corp. President Joseph McQuaid, who serves on the Profile Awards’ selection committee of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund. “Rusty’s ability to inspire others has brought state and local officials, non-profit and civic organizations, volunteers, and local businesses together in efforts to maintain and continually increase the preservation of historic buildings and land conservation.”  

Working throughout the state to make sure veterans get care and support they need, four chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America – NH Council work tirelessly to provide just that.  From organizing fairs and fundraisers to supporting local families when they need it, to tackling issues lie Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder and caring for homeless veterans at Liberty House in Manchester, the organization strengthens the bonds forged in times of war.  

“It is fitting to recognize the Vietnam Veterans of America– NH State Council for this year’s organization award,” McQuaid said. “March 30, 2011 was declared ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,’ 38 years after troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.”  

The award also honors the 46,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in New Hampshire, he said, and remembers 227 New Hampshire soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.  

McQuaid also noted, “Franconia Notch Forest Reservation and Memorial Park was dedicated in 1928 as a memorial to the men and women of New Hampshire who served the nation in times of war.”    

Long known as the Lilac City, Rochester has become one of the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire. Where mills once hummed, the city has undertaken protection of its historic, scenic and cultural assets, while attracting high quality commercial, residential and industrial development.  

“Rochester residents have a strong sense of volunteerism, supporting causes that make the city a livable and friendly place,” McQuaid said. “Keep a watch on Rochester, NH.  It is a special community with a bold vision for its future.”  

Presentation of the Profile Awards followed the dedication of the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza on the shore of Profile Lake. The plaza features seven ‘profilers,’ which, when viewed from a specific angle depending on the height of the viewer, puts back on the cliffside the visage of the Old Man of the Mountain.  The plaza is laid with more than 250 engraved granite blocks purchased by people, companies and organizations who are now a part of the enduring legacy for future generations of the Old Man of the Mountain.  For more information about the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, visit www.NHOldMan.org.

Call for Nominations for the Annual Profile Awards

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund is accepting nominations for its prestigious Profile Awards, which will be presented in a celebration of New Hampshire’s icon on June 12.

old-man1Established in 2004, the year that followed the collapse of the Old Man, the three Profile Awards presented annually honor an individual, an organization and a municipality in the state that characterize the spirit and values generations of Granite Staters saw in the visage that overlooked Franconia Notch for centuries.

“Although this great emblem is gone, the Old Man left behind an indelible mark on our state,” said Dick Hamilton of Littleton, president of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund. “The profile has been an inspiration for many and the Profile Awards recognize the people who display the values the Old Man embodied for so long.”

The selection committee is looking for the person, the organization and the town or city that have a distinguished record of working on behalf of the conservation or preservation of New Hampshire’s natural resources, historic structures and scenic beauty, or  its culture, traditions, social or political history.  Last year’s winners were North Country writer John Harrigan of Colebrook; Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, and the towns around Lake Sunapee – Newbury, New London and Sunapee. Each year, winners are presented with a handsome birch, glass, and granite sculpture, crafted by Berlin artist Andre Belanger.  

Presentation of this year’s Profile Awards, the eighth anniversary of the fall of the Old Man, will coincide with the dedication of the first phase of the Old Man of the Mountain monument, on the shore of Profile Lake. The project is funded entirely by private donations; to date, more than 150 engraved granite pavers have been sold. Orders continue to be accepted through April 30; forms are available at the legacy fund’s website, www.OldManNH.org.

Nominations for the Profile Awards should be submitted, in writing, not to exceed 500 words, citing specific contributions and accomplishments. They may be mailed, or e-mailed, by April 15, to the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 375, Concord, NH 03302 or to NHOldManLegacy@gmail.com  Active members of the New Hampshire Legislature are deemed ineligible.   For more information about the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund and previous winners of the Profile Awards, visit www.OldManNH.org.